Vasyl Makhno reads his poems at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington.

Makhno reads “Jerusalem Poems” at Washington’s Holy Family Shrine

WASHINGTON – Poetry is first of all meant to be heard. Hence, poetry lovers flock to live readings – especially when the reader is the poet himself. Such was the case on Sunday, November 5, 2017, when the Shevchenko Scientific Society’s chapter in Washington, together with the Library of the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family, presented a reading by New York Ukrainian poet Vasyl Makhno. Originally from Chortkiv, Ternopil Oblast, Dr. Makhno has lived in New York since 2000. He is the author of numerous works of prose and poetry, including essays and translations from English, Polish and Serbian.

Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church of Boston.

Boston parish marks 110th anniversary

JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. – The parishioners of Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Boston celebrated the 110th anniversary of the canonical erection of their parish by Bishop Soter Ortynsky of Philadelphia in 1907 with a pontifical divine liturgy followed by a luncheon in the parish center on Sunday, October 29, which was also celebrated by the church as the Feast of Christ the King.

The board of the Ukrainian Art Center of Los Angeles (from left): Julia Michaels, Olenka Krupa, Luda Wussek, Daria Chaikovsky, Luba Poniatyszyn Keske, Deanna Stetzenko Boulton, Lyalya Lisowska, Zoryana Keske and Olga Starow.

Los Angeles center’s program focuses on the great daughter of Ukraine, Lesia Ukrainka

LOS ANGELES – The Ukrainian Art Center of Los Angeles presented an original bilingual dramatic play titled “Majestic Woman – Lesia Ukrainka” at the beautifully restored Ukrainian Culture Center on October 22. The play was written in Ukrainian by the artistic director, Victoria Kuzina, and translated into English by Luba Keske, who also served as the English-language narrator. Asya Gorska, who partnered with Ms. Kuzina on the creative elements of the play, narrated in Ukrainian. That Sunday afternoon, arriving guests were treated to “high tea” consisting of flavorful teas and coffee, savory canapes and delicious home baked scones and other delectable sweets. When everyone had settled in, the president of the Ukrainian Art Center, Daria Chaikovsky, briefly greeted Ukrainian and American guests to the center’s first major stage production dedicated to Lesia Ukrainka, the foremost woman writer in Ukrainian literature.

Bishop Benedict Aleksiychuk extends greetings and a blessing.

Four waves of Ukrainian immigration celebrate Ukrainian National Museum’s 65th anniversary

CHICAGO – When Lydia Tkaczuk, Marijka Klimchak and Orysia Kourbatov request your help, you just can’t say no. They are president, curator and administrator, respectively, at the Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago – a beaming bastion of pride for Ukrainian Americans. These tireless women nurture and perpetually enhance it as if it were their only child. So, when they told me they were planning a 65th anniversary gala showcasing Ukrainian immigration through music and asked me to MC, I just asked: “where, when and what do I wear?”

On October 5, at 6 p.m. “Ukrainian time” (about an hour later, which our cocktail-sipping guests didn’t seem to notice) Ms. Tkaczuk welcomed a full house of convivial museum patrons. She recounted how, from a few letters, books, magazines, photos and rare documents of historic value, a museum was born, thanks to the foresight and passion of Oleksa Hankewych, Orest Horodysky, Julian Kamenetsky and financier Dr. Miroslav Simenovych.

During the ribbon-cutting (from left) are: Dr. Alexander Serafyn, Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski and George Stasiw.

Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit celebrates grand opening

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Two days of celebration marked the much-awaited grand opening of the Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit (UAAM) at its new location in the heart of Hamtramck on November 11-12. The spacious museum, containing more than 13,500 square feet, was packed with dignitaries, artists and art lovers, who gathered for the ribbon-cutting and official opening ceremony. Perhaps Crain’s Detroit Business helped draw in some locals as the museum celebration made the top five in the “10 things to do this weekend” column. In addition, the Hamtramck Review featured an excellent in-depth interview with Dr. Nadia Juzych, co-chair and board secretary.

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KLK holds annual get-together at Soyuzivka

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – The Carpathian Ski Club (KLK) held its annual meeting and elections on Sunday, October 1, at Soyuzivka Heritage Center. Following the acceptance of the president’s, treasurer’s and event coordinators’ reports, elections of new officers took place. Voted into office were: Andriy Hadzewycz, president; Dr. Severin B. Palydowycz, vice-president; Olha Holoborodko, secretary; and Mirka Moroch, treasurer. Members of the outgoing board – including President Vira Popel, Treasurer Adia Fedash and Secretary Christine Klufas – were thanked and commended for the last four years of work. The weekend also included friendly doubles tennis games, an afternoon social and a dinner-dance on Saturday, September 30.

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Photographer presents gift as thanks to Soyuzivka

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Local photographer Charlie Murray recently stopped by Soyuzivka Heritage Center with a surprise. The nature photographer had been given access to Soyuzivka’s property to get to the beautiful Nonkanawha Falls. The 75-foot falls are located on land acquired in 2012 from Soyuzivka by the Open Space Institute, whose mission is to protect scenic natural and historic landscapes in perpetuity for the public good. The falls are accessible by a trail from Soyuzivka’s property. Mr. Murray surprised Marianka Hawryluk, Soyuzivka’s dining room manager, on November 18 when he brought a large framed photograph of Nonkanawha Falls as a gift for the center.

UCU President Bishop Borys Gudziak and Acting Minister of Health of Ukraine Dr. Ulana Suprun were the main speakers at the November 5 fund-raiser for the Ukrainian Catholic University held in New York.

Chicago and New York events raise more than $500,000 for UCU

CHICAGO – Recent events in Chicago and New York City together raised more than half a million dollars for Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU). Both the spiritual and the secular were emphasized at the events: Bishop Borys Gudziak, president of UCU, shared the New York program with Michigan-born Dr. Ulana Suprun, acting minister of health of Ukraine, while Chicago’s audience greeted Bishop Benedict Aleksichuk and noted international business consultant Adrian Slywotzky. Chicago’s October 29 luncheon was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Bishop Benedict, a graduate of the UCU Lviv Business School and a former UCU senator (member of the board), gave the blessing and then spoke to the gathered supporters. Local friends of UCU also had an opportunity to meet other graduates and students and to see and hear about their accomplishments, starting with a brief video presentation, “Aspire to Greatness.” The film showed the results of the recently completed, seven-year Comprehensive Campaign, “A New Generation for a New Ukraine.” The fund-raising effort gathered donations from 15,000 contributors worldwide for a total of $67.1 million, which were used to build a new campus with four buildings, expand programs and faculty, increase scholarships and student enrollment, including an outreach effort to enroll students from throughout Ukraine, including a young woman, a Crimean Tatar, who was highlighted in the film.

Bishop Danylo is greeted as he enters Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Miami.

Ordination of permanent deacon is historic event in Miami parish

MIAMI – For the first time in the 70-year history of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Miami, a member of this parish was consecrated as a permanent deacon in the Ukrainian Catholic faith. On October 15, Bishop Bohdan Danylo of the Eparchy of Parma, Ohio, came to Miami to ordain Paul Galadza. For more than 40 years Deacon Paul has been a pillar of this parish. He has offered his gifts and talents in many ways to benefit the church community. In his Christian example of giving, he has earned the respect and love of this parish.

Spartanky Sorority at their conference at Soyuzivka Heritage Center.

Spartanky Plast sorority meets at annual conference

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Members of the senior Plast sorority Spartanky met for their annual retreat and conference on September 29-3 at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y.

Thirty-nine members from the tri-state and Philadelphia areas reunited at the annual conference to refresh their commitment to Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization, review the sorority members’ accomplishments of the past year, and plan another year of actively supporting the goals of the parent Plast organization. The attendees were fortunate to enjoy delightfully warm fall weather and participated in several of the Autumn Wild Mushroom Retreat activities, including a yoga class on Friday night. The conference officially began on Friday night with a sumptuous multi-course dinner created by chef Andrey Sonevytsky that featured farm-to-table seasonal fare with a focus on using mushrooms as an ingredient. Afterwards the conferees took part in a traditional campfire with a program of skits that, under the theme of “Health and Longevity,” poked fun at the foibles of aging gracefully (or not). The jokes and skits continued late into the evening to everyone’s delight.